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  • Watch Strap Review Part 5. – Introducing G.L.C. Straps

    As promised, this month will be straps galore at Fratello Watches! We are thrilled about how successful the series has become and more and more companies get in touch with us to review their amazing products. In the 5th edition of Strap Review we have a very cool brand...

Watch Reviews

  • Zenith El Primero 410 Review

    One of my first encounters with the Zenith El Primero movement was in the late 1990s, when my watchmaker picked up a watch of mine wearing his EL Primero Chronomaster in gold. This model, probably reference 17.0240.410/01.C495, had a full calendar on board including a moon phase indicator. The Zenith El Primero was one of the first automatic chronograph watches that was introduced back in 1969. Ever since, Zenith has been developing and enhancing...

  • Vintage Omega Seamaster 120 166.0073

    Along with New York, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore, Frankfurt stakes its claim as one of the world’s banking centers. With this distinction comes a large pocket of substantial wealth, which naturally makes luxury goods such as watches quite popular. As one who spends a lot of time in Frankfurt, I can tell you that it’s a strange city as far as watches. Yes, there are a lot of high-end watch shops and...

  • Hands-On Melbourne Portsea Blue Review

    We introduced you to micro brands in earlier articles here on Fratello Watches. Dutch distributor FORaSEC supplied us with a watch from micro brand Melbourne Watch Company. This Australian owned and operated brand has been founded in 2013 and since then have released watch models Flinders an Hawthorn by using Kickstarter to fund these collections. Their third and latest project was Portsea. The watch that I have on my wrist today. The Melbourne Portsea comes...

  • Hands-On With The Breguet Tradition GMT

    Just recently we wrote an article on the Breguet 5447BR Classique Grande Complication, a € 268.000 Euro timepiece that is mind blowing, but also about a ‘dream piece’. Unless something happens in the lottery, it will stay a ‘dream piece’ as well I am afraid. A bit closer to the wallet is the Breguet we are featuring today here on Fratello Watches. The Breguet Tradition GMT. Almost two years ago we wrote about the...

  • Watch Review CT Scuderia Salt Flat Racer 60

    I am sure most of you remember that in July we had a survey at FratelloWatches in connection with our birthday anniversary. Many of you guys thought that we should deal a bit more with smaller up-and-coming brands and you also gave us a few ideas regarding these companies. One watch house many of you have mentioned was CT Scuderia. We are here to please you so we took the survey pretty seriously and...

  • Fratello Watches Christmas Special – Rolex Submariner 14060M Review

    Watch collector and connoisseur Mike Stockton contributed a wonderful write-up about his Rolex Submariner 14060M. A 2000 word write-up about the classic Rolex Submariner 14060M, from the very early moment he laid his eyes on this iconic diver from Rolex, the moment he bought it (years later) up to now, years of ownership. Rolex Submariner 14060M Review South Florida.  The words evoke different things to different people.  To some, it means sun, fun and...

  • Grand Seiko SBGV009 Review

    A Grand Seiko is still quite uncommon in this part of the world. A pity actually, as they have wonderful timepieces in their collection that can easily compete with some Swiss and German counterparts. Although I am not particularly a fan of quartz watches, with a few exceptions, I was offered to have a go with this Grand Seiko SBGV009 that has a quartz (caliber 9F82) movement. I asked Seiko how come they had...

  • A Hands-On Oris Aquis Date Review

    In our on-going quest for affordable mechanical watches I stumbled upon Oris. Oris is a brand that only produces mechanical watches, there is not a single quartz watch in their catalog. Besides that, it is an independent brand that has produced watches from this little Swiss village called Hölstein since 1904. Their key to success is perhaps best captured in their slogan “real watches for real people”, something that we – here on Fratello...

  • Speedy Tuesday – Omega Spacemaster Z-33 Review

    Let’s be honest, after the 1980s of the last century, in the ‘real watch world’ there are only very few quartz watches considered as serious products. Rolex had its Oysterquartz models from 1977 till the early 2000s, not specially intended for professional use, and Breitling always had their Chronospace and Aerospace models which were aimed at airline pilots. That was pretty much it. Except some Casio-like digital Speedmasters (some even signed Professional) that were introduced in...

  • Seiko 6159-7010 Grandfather Tuna

    Once in a while we have a guest contributor talking about his favourite brand or watch. Today we have Mike Stockton talking about his passion for the Seiko 6159-7010 Grandfather Tuna and its modern interpretation, the Seiko Emperor Tuna. A BIG thank you to Mike for sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for the very rare Seiko 6159-7010 Tuna with us on Fratello Watches. Seiko 6159-7010 So there I was, fighting inescapable jet lag while...

  • Hands-On With The Rado HyperChrome Court Collection Watch

    I remember that in the 1990s, parents of my friends and even some of their grand parents at that time, were wearing Rado watches. The shiny black ceramic timepieces that looked stylish – a bit B&O style – and were impossible to get scratched. Most of them were quartz watches though, so I quickly lost interest in them as I merely saw them more or less as a lifestyle or ‘design’ product. Now to...

  • Breguet 5447BR Classique Grande Complication

    It has been a while ago that we covered Breguet here on Fratello Watches (in this article by Ming Thein on the Breguet La Tradition). There is no specific reason about the non-coverage, except that the brand wasn’t really on my radar. The brand always appeared to me as very classic – with the exception of the Marine and Type XX/XXI collections – and very expensive. Although Breguet didn’t change much, perhaps my taste...

  • Longines HydroConquest Review

    A lot of watch enthusiasts love to muse about the good old days when tool watches were still tool watches and had a price tag that was relatively high, but still affordable. A lot of those watches are still on the market, but now marketed as a luxury watch with a price tag that will cost you an arm and a leg. Watches that are technically probably perfectly capable to behave like a real...

  • Linde Werdelin Oktopus BluMoon Hands-On

    We recently introduced you to the Linde Werdelin Oktopus BluMoon watch with a photo realistic moon phases disc. This Oktopus BluMoon, made of grade 5 titanium, is limited to 59 pieces only. Recently, when we were visiting London, we had the opportunity to see and try the Linde Werdelin Oktopus BluMoon in the flesh. Linde Werdelin Oktopus BluMoon One of the first things that I noticed about the Oktopus BluMoon was the color of...

  • Pinion Axis Bronze Hands-On Review

    During SalonQP last year, Pinion was introduced and showed their Axis collection to the public. Not too long ago they sent us the bronze version simple called the Pinion Axis Bronze. ‘Hold on to it for some time as it only get’s more beautiful’, they explained. So we did. Our pinion arrived in a small package containing a flat, cotton like bag holding the Axis in a nicely crafted leather ‘watch wallet’, and user manual. Information in the manual is...

  • Tudor Heritage Black Bay Midnight Blue Review

    When we first saw the Tudor Heritage Black Bay a few years ago (2012), we knew that Tudor had gold in its hands. An amazing timepiece that was inspired by Tudor’s own heritage (we did a report here and here on their vintage pieces). This year, just one day before the BaselWorld exhibition opened, we were invited to witness the new & old collection of Tudor. They decided to come back with a new...

  • Sinn EZM 9 TESTAF – Hands-On Review

    The German manufacturer Sinn has a long history when it comes to mission timers. Seventeen years ago, in 1997 the now legendary and sought after EZM 1 (EZM is Sinn’s trademark and acronym for “Einsatz Zeit Messer”) was the first in a successful line. Mission timers are watches which have been specially developed for a particular purpose. They always offer excellent readability, and the design of the watch is always dictated by it’s function...

  • Longines Master Collection Moon Phase Hands-On Review

    I remember when being a kid, our neighbor showed me his new timepiece. A Seiko with a moon phase. I was very intrigued by it, not even knowing it was ‘just’ a quartz watch and that a mechanical moon phase watch would be much more complicated. It must have been mid-1980s somewhere, so what did I know? In any case, a moon phase disc on the dial of a watch is ever since something...

  • Bell & Ross Vintage BR 123 GMT 24H Review

    Bell & Ross is not only producing the rectangular aviation watches, but also has a fine collection of other models like the vintage series and the WW1 and WW2 collection (covered here and here). For me personally, the Vintage BR collection is very attractive as they offer very clean round watches at an interesting price point. Today, I will show you the Bell & Ross Vintage BR 123 GMT 24H that Bell & Ross...

  • Hands-On With The TWCO Air Controller

    When reviewing a new brand, like TWCO, for the first time this should come with a short introduction. Driven by passion, TWCO was founded in 2012 by Robbert Suurland. Robbert is a Dutch watchmaker from Oosterhout who was only 19 years young when he began with his new brand. Thinking about the four elements and fundamental forces that surround us every single day, he found a source for inspiration in two elements (water and air) that would be the leading...

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